Oscar Isaac Says STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Handles Carrie Fisher's Leia in "a Really Beautiful Way"

It comes as no surprise to me that the set of Star Wars: Episode IX would feel vastly different than the last two films. For one, it’s the final entry in this sequel trilogy. For another, Carrie Fisher is not there shooting with them. Oscar Isaac talked to The Daily Beast recently about filming without Fisher and about having J.J. Abrams back on board as director.

The story deals with that quite a bit. It’s a strange thing to be on the set and to be speaking of Leia and having Carrie not be around. There’s definitely some pain in that.

”It’s been really fun being back with J.J., with all of us working in a really close way. I just feel like there’s an element of almost senioritis, you know? Since everything just feels way looser and people aren’t taking it quite as seriously, but still just having a lot of fun. I think that that energy is gonna translate to a really great movie.

”It deals with the amazing character that Carrie created in a really beautiful way.

It’s interesting how he describes the filming as “looser”, and I wonder if we the audience will be able to feel that. I wonder if it’s allowing more of the cast to contribute ideas to the film and vastly improve the quality.

In addition to Isaac and Fisher, Episode IX will star Naomi Ackie, John Boyega, Anthony Daniels, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Mark Hamill, Billie Lourd, Lupita Nyong’o, Daisy Ridley, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, and Billy Dee Williams.

I’m really excited to see what Abrams has planned for Episode IX, which is currently slated for release on December 20, 2019.

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